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Class of 2020 - Class of 2021

The Class of 2020 (PGY-2)

Dr. Ben Berteau

Dr. Ben Berteau

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Undergraduate Education: Santa Fe College and University of Florida

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

About Dr. Berteau: Dr. Ben Berteau is not the first in his family to go into the health care field. His maternal grandfather was a hospital administrator on Amelia Island, Fla., and his paternal grandfather and father were pharmacists. In fact, they hoped he’d “carry the pharmacy torch,” but two mission trips to Honduras while he was in college and just after graduation from the University of Florida convinced Dr. Berteau to go into medicine. 

“Helping open a primary care clinic in Honduras really opened my eyes to the impact medicine can have, particularly on residents of impoverished, underserved areas,” Dr. Berteau says.

 He decided to pursue medicine, a decision that was reinforced by an encounter with a surgery patient during his first rotation while studying at Ross University School of Medicine. “I was in a community hospital and was assigned to a 50-year-old colon cancer patient with another student,” he says. “This man’s entire family was with him, and we talked with them over the course of his stay. Finally, we were able to tell the family he was cancer free. I felt like I was part of something that changed somebody’s life. I was 100 percent sure I’d made the right decision.”

His only dilemma was deciding on a specialty because he liked them all. Finally, he was drawn to family medicine because “it doesn’t shut the door on anything.”

 “It’s a very broad scope, and I like having conversations with my patients and getting to know them,” he says.

After his residency interviews at Tidelands Health, Dr. Berteau was also convinced Tidelands Health was where he wanted to do his training. “You just get this feeling, and I was so impressed by the people, the enthusiasm and the fact that the program emphasizes focus on work/life balance and wellness,” he says. “You just mesh, and you’re on board with everything you’re hearing about what a residency program should be.”

Dr. Anthony Germinario - Chief Resident

Dr. Anthony Germinario

Hometown: Glen Ridge, NJ

Undergraduate Education: Georgetown University

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

About Dr. Germinario:  Dr. Anthony Germinario had a tough time deciding what field of medicine to enter. He fell in love with aspects of every specialty. But a stint in a family medicine office in Brooklyn.

 “Every patient was different,” Dr. Germinario says. “I just loved the day-to-day variety of patients and issues - from preventive medicine and small, in-office dermatological procedures to sports medicine and mental health. Family medicine is medicine through and through and to its core. It touches on every aspect of medicine, and I think it’s very exciting.”

Dr. Germinario, who earned a bachelor’s degree in human science from Georgetown University and his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, says he studied the physicians while in medical school, adopting the traits he admired most. “I want to be the type of physician my patients trust,” he says.  “That’s the most important quality — someone who can build trust and strong relationships with people. And I want to be a doctor who is fully competent in diagnostic, clinical and procedural skills — one who a patient knows will deliver good, quality, compassionate care.”

About his reason for choosing Tidelands Health, Dr. Germinario says “the doctors and staff seem so genuinely interested in teaching and guiding us to be the best doctors we can be, and I really am impressed by the leadership aspect. Medicine needs a lot of leaders who can drive primary care in our country to be the best that it can be.”

And it helps that he’s in a naturally beautiful environment. “I’m from the Northeast and used to vacation in the Carolinas and always had a connection to the area. I can’t think of a better place to spend my next three years,” he says.

Dr. Vasudha Jain - Chief Resident

Dr. Vasudha Jain

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergraduate Education: Loyola University

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

About Dr. Vasudha: Dr. Vasudha Jain didn’t intend to be a physician. She entered Loyola University with plans to study international business and work with a global nonprofit.

But during her sophomore year, her perspective changed.

“I took a course to get my EMT license,” she says. “On my first night working in the ER of a local hospital, a patient was brought in and he wasn’t breathing.  We tried hard to save him. He didn’t make it, but everyone was working as a team. I knew then and there I wanted to go into medicine and be part of a noble profession. It was definitely my aha moment.”

The next week she switched her major to pre-med. She never looked back, earning a degree in psychology from Loyola University in 2012 and her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in 2016. Every course, every rotation deepened her commitment to family medicine.

“Family medicine was my first rotation, and I immediately loved it,” Dr. Jain says.  “I enjoyed getting to know patients and caring for them in a long-term capacity. I knew I’d get that exposure in family medicine and work with kids, young adults, older adults and geriatric patients.”

“I’m very excited about helping patients make lifestyle changes and avoiding diseases they might be susceptible to in the future,” she says.

Dr. Jain, who was born in New Delhi and came to Chicago with her family when she was 8, is thrilled to be part of Tidelands Health’s inaugural residency class.

Dr. Justin Katz

Dr. Justin Katz

Hometown: Queens, NY

Undergraduate School: University of Vermont

Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

About Dr. Katz: For Dr. Justin Katz, medicine is the perfect mix of science and a desire to help people. He had a love of both at an early age and jokes that, as someone whose family members include volunteers, EMTs and firefighters, he comes by the helping gene naturally.

“I always wanted to help anybody who was hurt,” Dr. Katz says. “And if you’re compassionate and you like science, you think about medicine as a career.”

He decided on family medicine toward the end of medical school, attracted to it because it encompasses all the specialties and because of the patient interaction. Plus, getting to know patients fits with his desire to know as much about a topic as possible. “I want to be 100 percent hands-on working with patients,” he says.

That fits with his curiosity and desire for learning. In addition to earning his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Dr. Katz completed a master’s degree in biology with a concentration in molecular genetics from Adelphi University in 2010 and earned an MBA in health care management from Walden University in 2016. He also worked at a Staten Island hospital, where he did obstetric and gynecological research and published several papers.

Married and the father of a 10-month-old son, Dr. Katz says he and his wife, Lisa, were eager to come south for his residency at Tidelands Health.

Dr. Sean Nguyen

Dr. Sean Nguyen

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

Undergraduate Education: Wofford College

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

About Dr. Nguyen: For Dr. Sean Nguyen, home isn’t just where the heart is. It’s also where he’s building his hopes and dreams for practicing family and sports medicine.

A Myrtle Beach native, Dr. Nguyen grew up swimming and fishing off Springmaid Pier. He graduated from Socastee High School, where he was a champion swimmer, earning state, local and regional titles. He left the area to attend Wofford College, and during medical school, he spent a summer working at Tidelands Waccamaw Family Medicine in Pawleys Island.

Now he’s a newly minted physician, having graduated from MUSC with plans to practice locally after he completes his residency. 

Dr. Nguyen says medicine is his way of giving back to the community, something he saw up close when he would accompany his grandmother to her doctors’ visits. “I saw the gratitude on the part of patients, and I saw how the doctors have the ability to give back to people in their community, to use their knowledge and compassion,” says Dr. Nguyen. “It was something I wanted to do. For me, that feeling was a big part of every patient encounter.”

Dr. Michael Ouzts

Dr. Michael Ouzts

Hometown: Manning, SC

Undergraduate Education: Clemson University

Medical School: Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine

About Dr. Ouzts: Growing up in Manning, Dr. Michael Ouzts learned early the benefits of a tight-knit community where neighbors greet one another by first name and are always ready to lend a hand to help someone in need.

He also saw up close the harsh reality of rural life for residents with few resources, limited access to health care and even less hope.  As a clerk in the local pharmacy during high school, he often encountered customers who couldn’t read or pay for their medicine, much less afford a visit to the doctor.

“I learned just how hard life can be for people living in poverty,” he says.

The good and the bad of Manning and Clarendon County influenced his decision to become a family medicine physician and practice in a rural area where he can get to know his patients and help them achieve better health. “I definitely want to practice in an underserved community. It’s a chance to really make a difference in people’s lives by helping them improve their health,” he says.

 It’s one of the reasons why he chose osteopathic school. “The holistic approach of osteopathic medicine appealed to me because it involves working with the body and the mind, and I think that so many economically disadvantaged people can benefit from overall care,” he says.

Dr. Ouzts, who earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Clemson University, is a trailblazer. He graduated in the inaugural class of Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, and now he’s in the inaugural class of Tidelands Health family medicine residents. “When I went to Campbell, the school was just starting out, and we were like family,” he says. “We had the opportunity to be leaders and leave our mark on the school.  And when I visited Tidelands Health, I sensed the enthusiasm of the administration and physicians and got the same feeling that we would have opportunities to build relationships, influence a program and be part of something lasting. I’m definitely ready to get started.”

Dr. Heber Watson

Dr. Heber Watson

Hometown: Florence, SC

Undergraduate Education: Clemson University, McLeod School of Medical Technology and Coker College

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Dr. Watson: No matter how tough Dr. Heber Watson’s days are practicing medicine, chances are they won’t be as perilous as the time he spent volunteering on the mean streets of Chicago’s South Side.

“I heard gunshots almost daily, and was robbed at gunpoint — twice,” says Dr. Watson, who provided two years of missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after his freshman year at Clemson University.

“It definitely opened my eyes to the bigger world and showed me how blessed I was,” he says.

Danger and poverty didn’t weaken Dr. Watson’s resolve to help the underserved. As a student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, he volunteered at free clinics not because it boosted his resume but because he enjoyed doing it.

His father influenced him to go into health care when he was a high school student in his native Hartsville. “My dad had family members who were aging, so we had several conversations about how difficult it can be to enjoy life without good health,” he says.

He earned a degree in medical technology from Coker College, but preparing slides and analyzing and explaining results wasn’t for him. “I realized I wanted to work with people — I loved my co-workers, but I didn’t have enough meaningful interaction,” he says.

He found meaning in family medicine. “I am able to apply my knowledge to a broad spectrum of medicine and develop lifelong relationships with my patients. I’m very excited about being able to treat the variety of conditions that family medicine provides,” he says.

Meanwhile, having “DO” behind his name has put him on the radar of family and friends. “I’m already getting calls asking me for my opinion and if they need to go to the doctor,” he says.

The Class of 2021 (PGY-1)

Dr. John Coward

Dr. John Coward

Hometown: Columbia, SC

Undergraduate Education: College of Charleston

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine

About Dr. Coward: Growing up in Columbia, Dr. John Coward set out on a path to become a dentist like his grandfather. 

But a medical mission trip to Bolivia when Dr. Coward was 19 inspired him to shift gears.

“My grandfather was a dentist, and he did medical missions,” Dr. Coward says. “I went on a trip, and I ended up liking the medical portion of health care better.”

He also wanted to help meet a growing demand for medicine, especially primary care, he says.

The South Carolina native (and devoted Gamecock) earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

After he completes his residency, he aims to pursue a path in primary care or at a teaching hospital.

The residency isn’t the only major new addition in his life. He has a 10-month-old son, Hunnings. When he’s not busy in the residency program, Dr. Coward enjoys spending time with the little one and his wife, Megan. Brookgreen Gardens is a popular spot for the family.

An outdoorsy guy, Dr. Coward camps, hikes and backpacks.

“I enjoy spending time with the family and getting outdoors any way I can,” he says. “And I like to pick up a ball and play sports anytime I can.”

Dr. Nathan Craig

Dr. Nathan Craig

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Undergraduate Education: Brigham Young University

Medical School: Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine

About Dr. Craig: When Dr. Nathan Craig visited a podiatrist as a teenager, he left with more than just a diagnosis for his foot.

He found his calling.

“I realized I liked it because I really wanted to know everything the doctor knew,” Dr. Craig says, remembering how he asked lots of questions of the doctor on that visit.

Growing up in Mooresville, North Carolina, Dr. Craig always enjoyed science. But it wasn’t until he visited that podiatrist that it clicked. He wanted to be a physician.

Now, he’s already feeling the satisfaction that comes from seeing the results of his hard work to help people live better lives through better health.

“It’s very fulfilling to recognize that,” Dr. Craig says. “I’m taking care of these patients.”

Dr. Craig earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and then returned to his native North Carolina to attend the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.

He wanted to participate in a residency program on the coast and close to his hometown. He was already familiar with Myrtle Beach – he spent two weeks vacationing here every summer growing up – and was impressed with the “vibe” of the new residency program at Tidelands Health.

He’s making the most of the coastal lifestyle – literally living on the water. And we mean on the water. Instead of lining up an apartment or house to live in during his residency, he took a sailing class and bought a boat before arriving. The “Liahona” – named after a Book of Mormon reference that reflects Dr. Craig’s strong faith – is docked at Wacca Wache Marina.

“It’s like living in a camper,” Dr. Craig says. “You’ll feel it rock a bit, but it’s fine.”

When he’s not working at the health system or tinkering with his boat, Dr. Craig enjoys fishing and running.

Not that he has much free time these days. He’s adjusting to the residency program’s long hours and enjoys the camaraderie of his class.

“I’m here for the team,” Dr. Craig says.

Dr. Vinh Doan

Dr. Vinh Doan

Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, VNM

Undergraduate Education: University of North Florida

Medical School:St. George's University School of Medicine

About Dr. Doan: Dr. Vinh Doan always knew he wanted to be a doctor.

“Like knowing your native language or loving your family and friends, I cannot remember the exact age or moments when I realized I wanted to help others,” Dr. Doan says. “I want to be a doctor because I want to help and heal.”

Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Dr. Doan moved to the United States with his family when he was 8 years old and settled in Jacksonville, Florida. His parents wanted him and his four sisters and brother to get a better education than what was offered in Vietnam, Dr. Doan says.

“We came here because they wanted better opportunities for us,” he says.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida and went to medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine.

There’s no better feeling than helping people heal, Dr. Doan says.

“There are many ways we can help others, however not many things compare to healing and comforting people when they are ill or in pain,” he says.

He wants to focus on outpatient primary care medicine with a goal of building trusting patient-physician relationships so he can work with patients to keep them healthy.

“I want to practice preventative medicine to limit people from going to the hospitals and the operating room for preventable complications from conditions such as poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol,” Dr. Doan says.

When he’s not working, Dr. Doan enjoys traveling with his wife of three years, Athena, and going to movies with friends. He likes sports – playing them and watching them on TV – and tries to play at least one game of chess online every week. But there’s also something to be said for some good chill time.

“Staying home after a long day of work and binge watching a good TV show is one of my favorite hobbies,” he says.

Dr. Michelle McCauley

Dr. Michelle McCauley

Hometown: Orange Park, Florida

Undergraduate Education: University of North Florida

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus

About Dr. McCauley: Dr. Michelle McCauley feels called to medicine to serve the underserved.

Growing up in Orange Park, Florida, in a medical family – her dad was an OB-GYN, her mom a former emergency room nurse – she always had an interest in science and learning about the human body. By elementary school, she knew she wanted to be a doctor.

“Some may say it was in my genes,” she says.

But as she got older, she realized her faith played an even more important role in her decision. She’s always had a serving spirit – frequently volunteering in her community by serving food at homeless shelters, working in free clinics, teaching kids about health or volunteering in the church preschool.

“Helping others brings me joy,” she says.

Combine that with her medical knowledge, and she’s finding her place.

“As I got older and began to understand more about medicine, I knew it was what God had called me to do,” Dr. McCauley says. “I want my medical career to be focused on taking care of others for Christ. I have felt called to make missions and serving the underserved a large focus in my medical career.”

Dr. McCauley received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida and attended Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus.

During medical school, she went on multiple mission trips, including to the Philippines and El Salvador, where a special moment confirmed that she was pursuing the right path. After receiving needed medications, a patient gave her a big hug and thanks.

“In that moment, I had never felt more at home, and I knew God was confirming the desire in my heart to spread his love by serving,” Dr. McCauley says.

In her spare time, Dr. McCauley loves to serve the community, spend time with her family and spoil her parents’ two chocolate labs, Lilly and Brownie. She’s also a runner, completing her first half marathon, which also raised awareness of breast cancer, in 2017.

Dr. Lauren Munck

Dr. Lauren Munck

Hometown: Long Branch, NJ

Undergraduate School:  University of Connecticut / University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ-Rutgers GSBS

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus

About Dr. Munck: As a young, competitive gymnast for 12 years, Dr. Lauren Munck racked up her share of sprains, torn ligaments and broken bones.

And every time she ended up in a doctor’s office, she was fascinated to discover a little more about the human body.

“I always liked science and math and learning how the body and muscles work, especially because I was an athlete,” Dr. Munck says.

That interest quickly evolved into her passion. She attended a medically based high school in her native New Jersey - students had to perform well on tests to be accepted into the Academy of Allied Health and Sciences – where the curriculum focused on the medical field with courses such as medical math and nutrition and included visits to the nearby hospital for on-site instruction.

“I’ve kind of been on this path for awhile,” she says. “It was good prep for people who knew what they wanted to do.”

She graduated from the University of Connecticut and earned a master’s degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now known as Rutgers GSBS. She earned her medical degree from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolinas campus.

She’s enjoying finally getting to treat patients as part of the residency program.

“It’s incredibly rewarding when someone really sick gets better – knowing I helped make that happen,” Dr. Munck says. “It’s definitely worth it.”

She’d like to one day combine her two passions – medicine and teaching – by joining the faculty at a college, medical school or residency program.

“If I could do both of those, it would be the best of both worlds,” Dr. Munck said.

The former gymnast – she competed on a national team when she 9 and met legendary U.S. Olympic coach Bela Karolyi - still enjoys working out (she also was a pole vaulter and on the dance and cross-country teams in high school). You might also spot her with some of the other residents chilling along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk or playing trivia.

She also dotes on her three kittens – who have become entertainment and somewhat of a stress reliever for others in her residency class.

Dr. Rehan Muttalib

Dr. Rehan Muttalib

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergraduate Education: Dartmouth College

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

About Dr. Muttalib: When Dr. Rehan Muttalib worked a shift in the emergency department during his residency, he couldn’t help but think back to a biology class he took the summer before his freshman year of high school.

During the first week, all the students had to share why they were interested in science.

“When it was my turn, I sheepishly said, ‘I’m here because I wanna be an ER doctor,’” Dr. Muttalib says. “The whole class erupted in laughter. Made sense. I was a skinny, awkward kid with focus issues…. But lucky for me, my parents wouldn’t let me settle. They pushed me over and over and over and OVER again because they saw something in me that I couldn’t even see in myself.”

Growing up in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Dr. Muttalib always knew he wanted to be a doctor – just like his dad.

“I grew up watching my dad serve the community as a doctor,” Dr. Muttalib says. “I looked up to him my whole life and admired the work that he did.”

The younger Dr. Muttalib earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College – where he also played on the football team – and attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

Once he completes his residency, he still aspires to work in emergency medicine and private practice.

He not only works to keep his patients healthy, he keeps himself in shape, too. He is dedicated to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has been a top competitor in tournaments, including the 2018 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation World Championships.

Part of his routine focuses on strength training, which gave him an edge in the residents’ impromptu competition with their required physical agility test when they joined Tidelands Health. Dr. Muttalib won the bragging rights.

He also enjoys food culture and loves steak.

Dr. Alexander Suda

Dr. Alex Suda

Hometown: Edmond, OK

Undergraduate Education:  University of Tennessee

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

About Dr. Suda: Being a doctor didn’t come naturally for Dr. Alexander Suda.

As a teenager, he got so queasy shadowing his father, an OB-GYN, during a C-section that the nurse had to take him out of the room. And biology and chemistry? He had to work at those, too.

“It never really came easy to me,” Dr. Suda says of those subjects. “I always had to really put forth a tremendous effort.”

But that didn’t deter the aspiring doctor. It only fueled him even more.

“Medicine really pushed me to my limit – and I like that,” Dr. Suda said. “Medicine has driven me to be the ultimate person I can be.”

He’s had plenty of inspiration along the way. His father is an OB-GYN, and his older sister is a labor-and-delivery nurse who has helped him understand that aspect of the medical field.

And a trusted sports medicine doctor who treated Dr. Suda and other relatives in Concord, North Carolina, has had a lasting impact on Dr. Suda that’s shaping his style of medicine. Dr. Suda went in concerned he would have to deal with knee pain for the rest of his life. He left with a plan for rehabilitation.

“He gave me a lot of hope,” says Dr. Suda, who also was impressed with the way the doctor listened to him. “For me, it was something that I really had great respect for and want to implement in my practice as well.”

Raised in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Suda earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and went to medical school at Ross University School of Medicine.

His family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, when he was 14, and he frequently visits them to dote on his two nephews, ages 1 and 8.

“They definitely livened up the family dynamic,” Dr. Suda says. “The 8 year old has endless amounts of energy. He just keeps going.”

Dr. Suda also enjoys spending time outdoors, especially playing golf, fishing and kayaking.

“When I’m off, I like to do something outside,” Dr. Suda says. “Get that sea air – nice to take that in. You have to take advantage of the natural beauty around you.”

He’s not deterred by the long hours of the residency program – he knows the hard work will pay off. Getting to know his patients gives him a lift to keep going.

“I love where I’m at because I’m finally seeing my purpose in life,” Dr. Suda says.

Dr. Carrie Wood

Dr. Carrie Wood

Hometown: Mountain View, CA

Undergraduate Education:  University of California San Diego

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

About Dr. Wood: The variety in family medicine lured Dr. Carrie Wood to the field.

“The experiences I have faced interacting with newborns and geriatrics and cultivating relationships with patients are what made me cognizant of my appetite for family medicine,” she says.

Dr. Wood likes building relationships with patients to not only help them get well but also to work with them to keep them healthy. She’s committed to that goal – even for the patients who are reluctant to change their lifestyles to be healthier.

“Strategically laying out a plan to educate patients on the effects of existing chronic conditions and the need for change is vital,” she says.

And she aims to not only make a difference with her patients but also to work with others to shift the focus to preventive care on a larger scale.

“I believe our health care system is at a pivotal point, and the opportunity to inspire people to recognize the importance of preventive medicine provides an opportunity to change our health care system for the better,” Dr. Wood says.

A native of Mountain View, California, Dr. Wood earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego and attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine.

When she is not working, you might spot Dr. Wood walking or jogging along the beach or simply enjoying the outdoors. She also enjoys volunteering and, once she’s settled, aims to have a yard where she can grow vegetables to use in new recipes.

“The thought of having my own place to sit outside and read a good historical fiction book sounds like absolute heaven,” she says. “For me, being outdoors – rain or shine – is a favorite pastime.”